Curiosity and commitment lead to a fuller experience
During his first year at university, Samuel Luk Hau-to (right) received an e-mail from KPMG, promoting its Elite Programme internship experience. Given that accounting had been an interest of Luk's since secondary school, he jumped at the chance to learn more. He was grateful to be granted the opportunity to join the KPMG programme and from January to April this year, he worked as an audit trainee there. He talks to Wong Yat-hei
What is your academic background?
I am a Year Three accounting student at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
How did you start your day?
I checked the staff schedule and met with the audit manager who assigned my tasks. Sometimes, I shadowed the audit team to a client's office.
What did your job entail?
I was responsible for helping to prepare audit working papers for different final audit engagements. I was also assigned to carry out simple testing of the control and transactions of client accounts.
What are the major challenges you've encountered so far?
Lack of experience. I hadn't come across audit work or met with clients before.
What have you learned about your chosen career and what are your plans?
I have learned a lot, such as the procedure to carry out a final audit. I have also learned how to communicate with clients to obtain more information. Since completing the internship, I have decided to devote myself to accounting after graduation.
Any advice for potential interns?
Don't hesitate to ask questions. Only by being committed can you maximise the experience.